Borgia to conduct pregame Chalk Talk on Monday

NBA VP, Referee Operations Will Discuss NBA Referee Training, Scheduling, Evaluation and Other Related Issues Prior to Monday's Game With Atlanta

04/09/10

On Monday evening, prior to the Bucks Fan Appreciation Night game vs. Atlanta, NBA Vice President, Referee Operations Joe Borgia will conduct an NBA Referees Chalk Talk: Making the Call - Life of an NBA Official. Interested fans with game tickets may attend. Borgia will lead a discussion on NBA referee training, scheduling, evaluation, as well as show video and conduct a question and answer session.

Fans interested in attending the pre-game event held at the Bradley Center should contact Rory Cook of the Bucks Group Sales Department at 414-227-2735 to purchase tickets or visit www.Bucks.com for more details.

Joe Borgia, Vice President, Referee Operations was a member of the NBA's Basketball Operations Department from 1999 until the Referee Operations Department was recently formed. He was Director of Referee Development and Director of Officiating Programs and Development prior to being named Vice President. Borgia is responsible for the administration of Referee Operations including recruiting, training programs, team communications and oversight of the D-League and WNBA officiating programs.

Borgia began his professional officiating career in 1978 at age 22, when he joined the staff of the New York Pro-Am league. He spent eight years in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and in 1988 was hired to the NBA staff. He officiated 10 seasons before an injury forced him to retire in 1998. Borgia grew up surrounded by NBA officiating. He is the son of the late Sid Borgia, a legendary referee who officiated in the NBA for 20 years beginning in 1946. Sid Borgia also served as supervisor of officials during the latter years of his career and continued as an observer after retiring.